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I read this article from the Washington Post about how the Utah and Maine GOP were “coming unglued” as the writer put it.

I think reasonable people can agree to disagree about Senator Bennett.  I thought he should have gotten a medal for his unceasing efforts to alert the USA to the Y2K issue.  His efforts may have made the Y2K problem a relatively minor crisis.

But I was not aware about the Maine GOP platform.  Here’s what Dana Milbank said:

 There, the state Republican Party chucked its platform — a sensible New England mix of free-market economics and conservation — and adopted a manifesto of insanity: abolishing the Federal Reserve, calling global warming a “myth,” sealing the border, and, as a final plank, fighting “efforts to create a one world government.”

Hmmm.  Tell me more, Milbank!  I’m for abolishing the Fed, global warming is a myth, the border should be sealed, and I am against one world government.  Sounds very sensible to me.  What’s the problem?

The Maine Republicans a week ago rejected a platform proclaiming that “we believe that the proper role of government is to help provide for those who can not help themselves”; that “we believe in ensuring that our children have access to the best educational opportunities”; and that “every person’s dignity, freedom, liberty, ability and responsibility must be honored.”

In its place, they approved a document invoking the Tea Party movement and Ron Paul and insisting that “health care is not a right.” The new platform demands: “Eliminate motor voter”; “Reject the UN Treaty on Rights of the Child”; “Eliminate the Department of Education”; “Arrest and detain . . . anyone here illegally, and then deport, period.”

Wow.  I love it.  The Maine GOP did it.  We all should be proud.  Learn the Maine state song!  But for the part about illegals, the Maine GOP is right.  Health care is NOT a right.  Motor voter is  vote fraud pure and simple.  The UN Treaty on the Rights of the Child is an evil and pernicious document that will exalt immature children over responsible parents and end liberty as we know it.  Don’t take my word for it:  go to for more information.  The Department of Education should be abolished as unconstitutional.  And Ron Paul has been largely proven right by events.

The brave Maine GOPers did one more thing:  They have singlehandedly caused the left to go into apoplexy.  Arizona may get a break for a day or two.

Jason Linkins at the Huffington Post found it a “hijacking” by a “fringe” group.  Two examples:

Super Christianism: The platform seeks to “Reassert the principle that ‘Freedom of Religion’ does not mean ‘Freedom from religion.” Which means Mainers had better like religion, because they’ll be getting a buttload of it.

Bailout for heterosexual marriage “Marriage is an institution between a man and a woman.” Some forms of big government intrusion into the personal lives of citizens are okay.

Of course, its not right wing tea partiers who took prayers out of football games, graduations, and tried to take it out of the Pledge.  It wasn’t Ron Paul who wanted to ban the Ten Commandments or a cross in the middle of the desert.  Last time I checked, Maine did vote against same sex marriage, didn’t they?  After the legislature voted for it, the governor signed it and practically everybody in the state who was anybody said vote to agree or be a bigot!  Who’s the fringe group?  There’s more:

David Weigel suggests that “Austrian economics” took over the Maine GOP!  (I am wondering if I can swear into the Maine bar without an exam!)  Wonkette asserts the Maine GOP enacted the Bible as their platform:

This document is called The Bible. No, it is called something else, but it is basically a copy-paste of The Bible:
No, Wonkette, the Maine GOP platform has many eternal truths but it is NOT the Bible.
Here’s the Republican Liberty Caucus’ take on it:
They did so by organizing in advance. Several of them made it onto the Platform Committee and several others had proposed changes to the platform that would strike moderate phraseology and replace it with more hard-line stances. I commend these activists for actually working to change the Republican Party from within. That’s the mission of the Republican Liberty Caucus!
This platform is a sensible and encouraging development.  Two questions:  Who’s running against Senators Snowe and Collins?  What’s the words to the Maine state song again?  Do something nice this week:  Let a guy with a Maine tag in on the highway!  Hug a person with a Maine accent!
For those interested in reading the actual words of the platform, here’s the Maine GOP web site.
UPDATE:  I am sorry I misspelled Dana Milbank’s name.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

4 Responses to “HURRAH FOR MAINE GOP!”

  1. Venu says:

    “we believe in ensuring that our children have access to the best educational opportunities”; and that “every person’s dignity, freedom, liberty, ability and responsibility must be honored.”

    Okay, something’s really not right when a political party thinks that’s not a sensible, winning platform.


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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